Garmin Forerunner 735xt

7.7 score
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Garmin Forerunner 735xt Review Facts

Your routine will be anything but routine with the Garmin Forerunner 735xt. This watch allows you to change up your activities with ease. The watch features built-in profiles for indoor and outdoor running and cycling, cross country skiing, trail running, paddle sports, strength training, hiking along with pool and open water swimming. The watch also features du/triathlon and brick workouts, there are auto multisport features which allows the ease of switching from one sport to the next by simply pressing one button. The watch can be customized with workouts and download that are available for free through the Garmin Connet app. Overall this watch provides everything need in a tracker and it will hold up throughout your entire workout. Garmin in a high-quality brand that provides high-quality products.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Long battery life
  • Great smartwatch functionality
  • Accurate GPS  
  • The watch has a plastic feel to it
  • Some of the fitness trackings could be a little better
  • Some users do not like the heart rate monitoring from the wrist

Key Features

-Lightweight watch with multi-sport capabilities
-Attractive with comfortable silicone bands that has a traditional watch shape
-Built-in activities for cycling, running, multisport, swimming, and more
-Elevated Wrist Heart technology that provides your heart rate 24/7 with no additional straps required
-Connected Features: Live Tracking, automatic uploads, audio prompts, smart notifications, music controls, and social media sharing


One of the most impressive and strongest things about the Garmin Forerunner 735xt is that it is a sleek device that provides so many different features. Garmin has put a lot of technology into a rounded thin model. The watch is not the smallest watch and it will stand out on your wrist but it will stand out in a stylish way.

The watch is available in two colors, frost blue, and black. The watch features a rubber strap that is comfortable when wearing it tighter to ensure perfect placement for the heart rate monitor component.

The screen does have a lower resolution compared to Apple Watch 3 but the interface of the watch is legible in all conditions. It features a transflective screen that uses the available light to provide clarity when needed. Another nice feature of the screen is you don’t have to raise your wrist to wake the screen and when using it in dark conditions the illuminating light is enough to ensure you can read the screen.


The Garmin Connect app is a top notch when it comes apps for sports trackers. The app provides multiple options when diving into it and it has a great at a glance level view that is great for beginners. The app can be used to view a large range of data from heart rate, sleep to activities and it can also store the information as long as needed. Another great feature on the app is it has the capability to plan or upload routes and workouts.

The date from the watch can also be upload to multiple other apps to include Strava and MapMyFitness which is a nice feature if you use a general purpose app to plan your training.

Basic Features

The Garmin Forerunner 735xt has the majority of the standard features that are found on other running and sports watches. This watch tracks lap times, pace, and distance on the support activities. The tracking information can be seen easily on the watch screen while doing the activity. If you do not like the data fields that are being displayed you can easily change the display in the settings of the watch. This is a great feature because it will allow you to view the information you need to stay motivated. All the information tracked will be stored in the watch after each activity is completed and then you will be able to see the activity on the Garmin Connect App after the watch is synced to the app.

Advanced Features

The Forerunner 735xt provides an amazing amount of advanced features. The watch features a heart rate sensor right on the watch so there is no need for additional straps. When wearing the watch you will be able to see your heart rate at all times and it will continue to be visible during activities. After the activity is completed and the data is synced to Garmin App, you can view multiple graph forms to see your performance to ensure you were in your target heart zone.
This is a perfect watch for triathlon training because the watch features a multisport mode. The multisport mode allows to transition from one sport to the next by either pushing the lap button and it can be configured to enter transition periods after pushing the lap button.

The watch also offers a large range of running products and services. Garmin Connect, Strava, and ANT+ are a few of the services that will be supported by the watch. This watch will also keep you connected by phone notification display, and phone syncing. The watch will let you view incoming phone calls, text messages and you can even control your music. The watch also features audio cues need for interval training.

The Forerunner 735xt will keep track of sleep by tracking the heart rate. This is a nice feature because it tracks time slept, sleep cycles and all of this data is stored in the watch and can be viewed when synced to the Garmin Connect app.


When it comes to accuracy the Forerunner 735xt is overall good with the built-in sensors. GPS capability is kept when looking for a sports tracking watch or the perfect triathlon training tool. The GPS technology is overall precise and it works in areas with trees and tall buildings while providing accurate distanced traveled and routes. The watch also provides good accuracy when tracking distance when swimming, running, and biking.

The heart rate sensor is solid but the optical heart rate sensors may not be as accurate as a strap sensor. One area that Garmin Forerunner 735xt is not the most accurate is the altitude sensor and some user stated the sensor provided inaccurate readings at times.


The Garmin Forerunner 735xt connects like most standard athletic watches on the market. The watch connects easily to any smartphone with Bluetooth and app capabilities. To ensure the data syncs, simple ensure the Bluetooth is turned on both the watch and smartphone and the watch will sync when the app is opened.

If you do not have a smartphone you can sync the data from the watch to a computer by simply attaching the charging cord to the watch and plug the cord into your computer.


The Forerunner 735xt features a silicone band that is light in weight and comfortable. Compared to other trackers offered by Garmin the Forerunner 735xt is smaller and lighter and this is were the comfortability comes in. The watch weighs about 1.6 ounces making it an overall lightweight watch compared to other watches offered by Garmin or other trackers on the market. The watch is not the sleekest tracker on the market and it does have bulkier/larger watch face. The bulkiness is really only noticed on individuals with thinner or smaller wrists. The weight and size of the watch are still comfortable during activity and it will not get in the way.


When it comes to durability, this watch is a solid piece and will hold during whatever sport you may be doing. The watch face is resistant to scratches and abrasions, and it withstands being dropped at a reasonable distance. The watch may not stand up to an excessive amount of pressure or force but either will most other trackers on the market. The silicone band is durable rubber that will not tear easily or wear out. The watch can be worn during swimming so it is waterproof.

Ease of Use

Using the Garmin Forerunner 735xt is pretty easy and most will not have any issues using it. The watch has built-in basic level features for biking, running, swimming, and other activities. The watch provides record mode where information collected during activities like pause, finish and lap functions that are simple to use. The watch comes with a quick start guide and it is great to follow to get used to the basic features of the watch and this also walks through the steps to sync the watch. The watch also has advanced features and can be customized through the Garmin Connect app which is a great feature to have a customized activity tracker.


The Garmin Forerunner 735xt is only available in one size, and it measures .5 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches. The watch band can be replaced but the available watch bands are a little slimmer and larger. The watch size is the best for individuals with very small wrists because it would difficult to wear the watch comfortably.


Like most activity trackers, the Garmin Forerunner 735xt tracks biking, running, walking, and swimming but the Forerunner tracks so much more. It is able to track triathlon sports, hiking, cross country skiing, rowing, paddleboarding, strength training, and it has a general cardio mode. All of these modes are on the watch from the moment it comes out of the box. The cross country skiing mode is supported by standard sloped skiing but it does not track snowboarding because of the way watch detects elevation.

Power Source

The watch comes with a charging clip that is simply clipped onto the watch hand and plugged into a USB port either in the wall or on a computer. The watch provides enough power on one charge to run for 14 hours of GPS, which is a long period of time for most but it might not be the best when it comes to triathlons. When it comes to everyday use, the watch will last between 5 and 6 days with using the GPS feature daily. If your usage or race sessions will be longer than 14 hours, it might not be the right watch for the job. When it comes time to charge the watch it will be fully charged in two hours if the battery is completed dead.


There is a wide range of accessories available for the Garmin Forerunner 735xt. There are multiple different colored straps available if you are looking for different straps to match different outfits. Garmin does offer a compatible heart rate strap if the strap heart accuracy is what you want during your activities.


It is best to avoid exposing the Forerunner 735xt to bug spray, lotions, oils, perfumes, sunscreen, and sanitizers. With the silicone band, it is recommended to clean the band by rising it with water and letting it dry before wearing it. If there is a buildup of residue, simply clean the band with a lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol, followed a water rinse. Since the watch band is made of silicone it is also recommended to take the watch off periodically to let the skin under the band breath. When the battery is charge it is the perfect time to clean up the band.

Bottom Line

Overall the Garmin Forerunner 735xt sports tracker watch provides exercise tracking for a lot of different from running to cross country skiing. The best part of the watch is that you are able to program and download workouts or GPS routes and the information is right on the watch. This watch is also waterproof making it a great choice for swimmers and there are not a lot of completely waterproof trackers on the market that have the same great technology that you get from Garmin. The Garmin Forerunner 735xt is not the cheapest sports tracker but most trackers do not have the same quality in technology and built like this watch. Garmin is a dependable product that has been around for many years and the products they make are reliable products.